alcatras

noun
al·​ca·​tras | \ ˈal-kə-ˌtras, -ˌtraz \
plural alcatras or alcatrases

Definition of alcatras

: a large water bird (as the pelican or frigate bird)

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First Known Use of alcatras

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alcatras

Portuguese or Spanish alcatraz pelican

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“Alcatras.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcatras. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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